Sept. 7, 2021

Episode 56: TaRael Kee and The Kee to Success


In the midst of this pandemic, many educators jumped at the chance to podcast, including yours sincerely. Podcasting became a way for teachers to connect with each other and share ideas for how best to educate their students in these unique times. There are many great educational podcasts available today, including Leader of Learning hosted by Dr. Dan Kreiness, Teachers of Fire hosted by Tim Cavey, and the Flipboard EDU Podcast, if I say so myself. Fun fact:  both fellow podcasters are also assistant principals.

What I am most proud of in the educator podcast community is the representation of Black male voices. These perspectives can be very different from mainstream experiences. The Liberated Educator Podcasts hosted by Ken Shelton, Dee Lanier, and Brian Romero-Smith Sr.Educating While Black Podcast hosted by Mahlon Evans-Sinclair are great examples in America and Canada.

Joining this group of podcasters is a friend of the show TaRael Key, president of the Illinois School Counselor Association, new assistant principal, and guest of Episode 26: Tackling the Achievement Gap. On his new podcast, called The Kee to Success, he discusses educating youth and shares his experiences as an educator in the COVID-19 era. I invited TaRael back to tell us more about his podcast, his reason for starting it now, and what his platform will be. We discuss the importance of sharing the perspective of Black men in education and how our contributions matter in the larger conversation of education.

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